Program Description

The Advanced Clinical Practice in Pediatric Physical Therapy Course is a 2.5-day course geared toward advanced practice and intended for experienced pediatric physical therapists with a strong desire to investigate current theories and evidence-based practice across settings. Physical therapists who are considering taking the Pediatric Certified Specialist exam through ABPTS are particularly encouraged to participate as part of their review.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced clinical competency in the provision of physical therapy services for children with diverse abilities and their families
  2. Synthesize and describe contemporary theories and evidence-based practices, and
  3. Integrate the theories and evidence presented into physical therapy practice patterns



The following sessions, each 2 hours, will be available online September-October 2021. It is recommended that the presentations be viewed in the order listed, since each session will build on preceding presentations.

  1. Evidence-Based Practice (Kaplan)
  2. Selection & Interpretations of Measures of Motor Development (Dole)
  3. Motor Control and Motor Learning (Tucker)
  4. Cardiopulmonary Examination and Intervention (Nippins)
  5. Musculoskeletal System and Orthopedic Practice (Shah)
  6. School-Based Physical Therapy Services (Effgen)
  7. Orthotics (Martin)
  8. Early Intervention-based Physical Therapy Services (Cox)
  9. Fitness for Children with Disabilities (O'Neil)
  10. NICU Physical Therapy Practice (Sibley)


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